Interrupting Your Usual Feed To Present To You Ways You Can Give Me Money

Basically this whole post summed up into one gif is:


HA. #StoryOfMyLife.

Ways you can give me money? Well, I take cash, PayPal and credit ca-

No, but seriously. I’ve recently become an affiliate for both the Book Depository and Grammarly! You might have seen the images on the sidebar. Let me explain more about these two companies (in case you’ve never heard of them) and the benefit to me if you buy something.

So affiliates. Something I’ve noticed about the blogging community (not just book bloggers but other bloggers in general) is that affiliates is generally regarded as something that is taboo to talk about. Affiliates are a “bad” thing, something that should be shoved in tiny print right at the bottom of the post: “Disclaimer: This happens to be an affiliate post”.

But you know what? I don’t believe in trying to trick my readers. And I don’t believe that the fact that I get money from this is something that I should hide. I also don’t believe in the whole taboo around making money blogging, but that’s a conversation for a different time, and that’s why I’ve tried to be as transparent as possible in this post. I get money from this. I’m not going to hide that as if it’s something to be ashamed of.

The Book Depository

If you haven’t heard of the Book Depository, then you’re either a hermit or a durian. Either way, NOT GOOD. The Book Depository is a really good site where you can buy books (oh wow, WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT, PAUL). For me, what makes TBD better than most other bookstores is that they offer free shipping on usually already discounted books (one downside is that the shipping can take a fairly long time depending on where you live, so keep that in mind if you’re buying a gift, or if you need a book in a short time).

TBD also has a huge variety of books to choose from, and unless it’s some kind of 3000 year old ancient parchment written in the language of Harkneedr, then you can probably get it off the Book Depository. (I got this super obscure book on Japanese Grammar basics last month. すごいですねー!).

And also, another HUGE plus is that you get free bookmarks with every purchase. Because bookmarks are everything. Obviously.

Many of you probably already buy with the Book Depository. I’ve recently started including a link at the bottom of every review I post to purchase that book from the Book Depository. That link will be an affiliate link from now on.

Why use my link? Because you’re all kind and wonderful souls. Also because it doesn’t affect your purchase in any way whatsoever, apart from the fact that I will violently throw happy comments at you if you purchase with my link (a good thing. Who doesn’t like happy comments?).

How it works? You click on my referral link – which is embedded in all the TBD banners and images you see, for example, the one on the sidebar there – and shop exactly like normal. It will present to you the exact same pages you would see as if you were to shop without my link. Search your book, or perhaps browse, and buy. The affiliate program follows your progress and logs in 5% of the amount of your purchase to my TBD affiliate account. It’s then approved, and I get that 5%. It doesn’t affect you in any way, I promise.

Don’t use my link if don’t want to. I won’t kill you (or will I? Heh). But if you do, then thank you very much!

Book Depository Banner


Grammarly is quite different from The Book Depository, but it’s still something that I think you guys would find helpful.

Okay. You know SpellCheck? The one in Word? Well, Grammarly is basically a much better version of SpellCheck.

The main reason you would pick Grammarly over Word’s SpellCheck is the fact that it will pick up more than your odd typo here and there. It’ll pick up all of the grammar errors in your text, and edit some pretty weird English nuances. Stuff like: “had done” instead of “did” and complicated stuff like “informal pronouns” and “future conditionals”. Whatever they are.

It’s also a thesaurus so you can add fancy words and sound like you have your sh1t together, even when you really don’t know what you’re talking about. I.e. me, 90% of the time. Grammarly’s thesaurus suggests words from context, so you don’t get “free from moisture” when you’re talking about how “dry” a book is, which is what will probably give you.

The spellcheck it does have is also more advanced than Word’s spellcheck – it checks word against context, even if they’re spelt right, like “lose” and “loose” and “affect” and “effect”.

Grammarly’s browser extensions correct anywhere that you might type on the internet, so blog posts, social media posts, emails, job applications, etc. You’ll see a little green “G” in the bottom right hand corner of most text boxes and that’s how you know if it’s there or not.

So if you click on this link below, and visit that page through a computer browser that the extension supports – Chrome, Firefox, Safari – then you’ll be offered the option of installing a browser extension. If you sign up (free) and install the extension (which is also free), I get 20 cents (a small fortune in student currency). If you sign up for their premium account ($10-$30 a month depending on which one you pick), I get $20 (woahhh).

So once again, use my link if you’d like to. Don’t if you’re not interested. I don’t mind. Thank you!

Grammarly Banner

Don’t worry, this is the only post I’ll make on the subject. As always, thanks for reading! ghost_float


28 thoughts on “Interrupting Your Usual Feed To Present To You Ways You Can Give Me Money

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  4. URGH I WANT TO GIVE YOU MONEY. I WANT TO THROW IT AT YOU MASSIVELY. But. Parents. (look how that ties everything up so nicely)
    ANYWAY. I’ll totally use your links if I ever get anything! And GRAMMARLY. NEED IT. SOMETIMES. (I mean, I’m pretty good at grammar but TYPOS, man! And back-ups? ALWAYS NEEDED. Grammarly would be the Robin to my Batman even though I’ve never watched the movie(s?) or read the comic(s?). (look how knowledgeable I am when I use analogies ha.)
    🙂 I’m so glad you talk so openly about this subject!

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    1. Yes this is basically me. I have pretty good Grammar (in fact, I used to enjoy being a total Grammar Nazi before I realised that I enjoyed having friends more) but typos can be annoying. Eg, typing “the mean character was mean” instead of “the main character was mean”. Or when autocorrect autostuffsupyourwriting. Grammarly to the rescue!


  5. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Good on you for monetising your blog!! *cheers* I think it’s great and fine when bloggers use affiliated links. 😀 Blogging usually isn’t entirely free, so it’d be great if our blogs supported themselves, right?! Best of luck with this!! I don’t use book despository very often, buuuut, if I do I’ll try to remember to go through your site! (Except, shame on BD because last time I ordered they did NOT SEND ME A BOOKMARK. #devastation.)

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  6. I like the transparency, high five on that! I just started buying from Book depository, so going forward I’ll come click on your link so you get the commission for my purchases. Or should I just give you all my money……. no wait I’m broke from buying too many books.
    Great post by the way!

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  7. Eep! I’m quite familiar with affiliates and BD does ship to my country, but it’s a pain in the ass to persuade my parents to buy books. It’s ridiculously hard! I mainly borrow books either from other people or the library 😩 Grammarly sounds amazing!

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  8. I agree. I use amazon affiliate links to try and make something but no monies so far. I’d love to buy off BD and give you monies but BD doesn’t ship where I live. maybe use your affiliate status and pull some strings there? *wink wink*

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  9. Yeay Paul!! This is great! Grammerly is awesome. A great tool for student. I think I remember it also checks for plagiarism, which is pretty cool. I too believe making money by blogging shout be a taboo topic. That would be an interesting discussion post. *stores away idea*

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    1. Yeah, Grammarly has a few different applications, and the one I’ve link to here is only the Grammar checker. There’s a designated Spell Check, and as you said, the Plagiarism check as well. Please link me to the post if you do decide to write on making money while blogging! I’d like to hear what you think ◕‿◕

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  10. WAIT A MINUTE.. if these are the ways in which to give you some ka-ching, ka-ching – does that mean that if I use these ways I AM NO LONGER A DURIAN? *hi-fives self for previous post referral* Luckily, I am only a durian due to my birth AND NOT because I have not heard (or used) BookDepository before *hi-fives self AGAIN because I WILL BE A HUMAN*

    WOW, is it me or does an affiliate sound pretty cool? I mean excuse me, but I am late to all taboo subjects AND my vocab sucks which results in me knowing stuff either never or when everybody else is over it. ANYWAY, yeah, it sounds cool which makes you kinda pretty cool 🙂 (not that you weren’t before this post *wink wink*)

    Now, I would like to thank YOU for giving me the opportunity to un-durian myself 🙂 I was actually planning on maybe buying a book off a certain site soon so you know whose affiliate link I’m going to be using *runs to hospital due to winking malfunction*

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  11. HAH – FIRST COMMENT! :3 Maybe. (Sorry, I just wanted to be that very annoying bean of a person.)

    You know what? Maybe I should buy a super duper expensive 100 pound dictionary just so you can take away all my mon- I mean, it would be for a good cause, right? I don’t need any more convincing. YOU DESERVE ALL THE MANGOES.

    Reading this, I’m like wow. 1) Mature decisions. Nice. I’m impressed. *sniffles * (Sometimes when my friends are being mature I’m like impressed but at the same time I’m like NO NEVER GROW UPPPPPP and tear up like a proud parent. It’s weird. I’m weird.) 2) Japanese is cool. How do you type Japanese? How do you speak it?? Waiiiit – am I kind of somewhat maybe jealou- yeah, no wait, I probably most definitely kind of am. And I’d definitely wanna go to Japan but I’d be SO LOST. It’s okay, one day. I dunno.

    Anyway. Keep up the awesomeness.
    ~ A Not So Anonymous Ranter

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      You can activate a Japanese keyboard and you just basically type in English letters of what they sound like (so like “ka, ki, ku, ke, ko”) and it’ll correct to the Japanese character! I’m actually going to Japan on a school exchange in September so that’ll be fun. You’ll hear me screaming all the way from Canada when the date comes closer and I spontaneously word vomit about how excited I am all over the blog. I WILL TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES AND SHOVE THEM IN YOUR FACE ON MY RETURN XD

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      1. :O :O :O :O
        Me: STOP IT. YOU’RE LYING. NO WAY. PLS TAKE ME IN YOUR SUITCASE. WHAT. (Okay, I think Sarah might have told me this before idk.
        Me: Yas takes TONS of photos so that we can be amazed and jelly and stuffs and bring some like virtual souvenirs or something.
        Me: Right. I’m a very serious person. Nothing happened. Don’t worry about my mental health.
        Me: On another note: WHOOOOOOO

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